Payton Hollway was a huge reason why Trashcan 2018/2019 took home the PILC last month. That, in turn, helped him become the March Trashcan Player of the Month. Find out more about the PILC hero right here!
What is something unique about you?
I lived in San Francisco for 8 years.
You had a big hand in helping Trashcan win the PILC. What was that like? What was
the coolest part about the whole experience?
Winning the PILC was really fun. The coolest part was scoring in the championship game.
My older brother (Jake McKeon) played lacrosse and he basically taught me how to play. He played at Episcopal Academy, Haverford's rival, and then played football and lacrosse at Middlebury for two years.
Do you play any other sports? Which ones? For what teams?
I play football and wrestle for Haverford.
What is your jersey number? Is there a story behind it?
My jersey number is 11 because it was my brother’s number.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
To play Division I lacrosse.
Do you have any individual goals for this year?
To make the middle school varsity lacrosse team.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Be yourself out there.
What do you like to do when you aren’t playing lacrosse?
Play video games and hang out with friends.
Favorite place to practice?
The Haverford football field
Who is your favorite team or player to watch in lacrosse? How about in other sports?
Duke in all sports.
Who is your favorite Trashcan Coach?
All of them are awesome.
What do you like most about being part of Trashcan?
Getting to play lacrosse with other people that are interested in it and aren't just messing around.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite vacation spot? Why?
Hawaii because it’s so warm.
What is your favorite TV show? Why?
My favorite TV show is The Office because it’s hilarious.
Meet Tyler Brooke, our Bandits March Player of the Month. When he's not tearing it up for the Bandits, he's riding Lamborghinis on closed tracks, laying down some sibling smackdowns with his brothers and rooting on Brett Manney and the Philadelphia Wings. Find out more about Tyler!
Brady O’Neill has an impressive award to his name, but the NXT 2015 attackman didn’t go out of his way to promote himself to get it.
Actually, he didn’t promote himself at all and the NXT L.C. March Player of the Month was taken aback when he found out that he’d been named the Congressional Scholar Athlete award winner. The award is given to one male and one female athlete who progess and achieve significant things both academically and athletically.
“I had no idea what it was until my guidance counselor told me, ‘you just got picked,’” O’Neill said with a laugh. “But it’s pretty cool.”
When you look at O’Neill’s laundry list of accomplishments, though, it’s not hard to see why he would be considered for such a prestigious award. In two seasons for Kennett, he’s put up a combined 48 goals and 51 assists as a freshman and sophomore, garnering second-team All-Ches Mont honors last spring.
The junior was also tabbed as a team captain for the Blue Demons’ swim team this winter and was an option quarterback on the football field as a freshman and sophomore. While he took a break from football this fall to focus on his lacrosse recruiting, he also hasn’t closed the door on a return.
“In eighth grade, I dislocated my knee and I dislocated my shoulder last year, so I kind of took a break from it,” said O’Neill, a 6-0, 190-pounder. “But I do miss it. Swimming is basically to stay in shape, but that ended three weeks ago, so I’m ready to go for lacrosse.”
O’Neill has designs on helping Kennett make school history by getting past the first round of the District One tournament for the first time. That’s a tough task in such a competitive area, but his development through both NXT and Kennett means that he’ll make sure the Blue Demons don’t go down without a fight.
“I tried out for NXT as an attackman, but I got moved to midfield because of my size,” O’Neill explained. “I asked coach (Andy) Hayes to give me a shot at attack, but my stick skills needed improvement. From there, I just kind of worked my way from being the third left-handed attack to the first. I really worked on my right hand. I didn’t have a strong right hand. I was just a bigger, athletic guy who just shot because I’ve always had a very good shot.”
O’Neill admitted that he’s still working on his off-hand, but with his strong lacrosse IQ, athleticism and shooting, he should be an attractive prospect to play at the next level. This is a big season for both him and Kennett, especially under new coach Sean Tischler, and O’Neill wants to make that school history happen.
“We have low numbers,” O’Neill explained of his team, which begins the regular season Saturday, March 22 by hosting Perkiomen Valley. “Some teams had more kids on their varsity bench than we have in our entire program, but it happens. We’ve got a new offense, defense and coach, but we should be ready to have a great year.”
If the Blue Demons do, it’ll undoubtedly be in large part to their big three-sport standout.
NXT Sports seeks a head coach for the NXT Lacrosse Club 2018 team. NXT Lacrosse is focused on player development and skill building through an organized and highly professional approach to practices and through passionate and knowledgeable instruction. NXT Lacrosse trains year-round at Episcopal Academy, one of the best high school facilities in the nation.
Tryouts for the NXT 2018 team will take place in September 2014 at Episcopal Academy. Last year, more than 165 players tried out for the NXT 2017 team and that team has quickly established itself as one of the best in the region. The NXT 2018 team will consist of 26-28 players who are willing to commit to the program year-round.
• Direct all on-field activities for the team
• Commit to offering developmental feedback to players and families, up to and including personal developmental meetings with all players.
• Work closely with the NXT coaching directors to formulate practice plans and distribute practice plans to players in advance.
• Applicant must be willing to commit to NXT’s year-round practice and tournament schedule. 2014-2015 schedule consists of weekly practice September to November, three to four fall tournaments, weekend indoor practice December through February and one indoor box tournament and summer practice May through July with a full summer tournament schedule.
• A current or former lacrosse player highly knowledgeable about the sport.
• Coaching experience required and head coaching experience is preferred.
• Genuine interest in working with and developing young lacrosse players.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
• Able to communicate equally well with players and parents.
• Able to commit to a year-long program.
• Have a strong work ethic and desire to succeed.
• Teaching experience is a plus.
• Highly competitive salary
• All travel costs to and from events covered
• All club apparel provided
• Opportunity to work other NXTsports events if desired, such as the Philly Showcase.
To apply or for more information send an introductory email and a résumé to: Marty Kupprion, Philadelphia Regional Director, NXT Lacrosse.
PIAA teams can start practice today if they can find a way to avoid the snow. Inter-Ac teams get the regular season ball rolling Saturday and the class of 2014 will be chasing championships in their final year of high school lacrosse.
With that being said, it's time to look back at NXT 2014, the OGs of NXT L.C.. These 23 players have helped NXT blossom into the club to play for and for that, we owe them a huge thank you. Better yet, hear why the OGs will forever be fondly remembered by one of their original coaches in Brett Manney.